Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, from scratch, just like Mom used to make.  Rich flavorful chicken stock, chock-full of sliced carrots, celery, and chopped onion, engulf tender pieces of chicken and homemade egg noodles.  Comfort food at it’s finest!

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup made by Mom from scratch. This was hands down my most favorite meal as a kid, and to this day is my number one ranked form of comfort food.

Now it’s my kids’ most requested meal at our house. Even in the heat of summer, they request it. My oldest daughter will eat it for breakfast if she knows it’s available.
But today with the fresh blanket of snow, it seemed even more fitting.
I remember my Mom making this when I was little and every time I ate it I got the hiccups. I realize now it was probably because I was eating it WAY too fast!!
When my friend, Lisa and I used to play in my play kitchen we would put warm water in my “soup kettle” and “cook” homemade chicken noodle soup on my stove. It was the one meal we always made.


A Longing For Chicken Noodle Soup

I have known how to make this as long as I can remember. It’s really not hard…
But I guess if you didn’t grow up eating it, you wouldn’t know how?
I have passed this “recipe” on to many friends and family over the years.  My kids all know how to make it.
I cannot say I ever really had a “recipe” though. So today, I am going to measure and count and do my best to walk you through it.


*This post was originally published on February 4th, 2012 and was published again in 2020 to improve reader experience.


My sweet pups, Gabby & Sully, who were standing close by when I first posted this recipe. They were always my audience whenever I de-boned a chicken. As all dogs do, they both crossed over the rainbow bridge into heaven in 2016.  ❤︎

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
One thing I have always noticed over the years, sometimes the broth is better than others.  When it’s good, we refer to it as “a good batch!” 
And when it needs some help, just like my Mom did, and her Mom before her did, I always blame the chicken!  It’s easy to fix though, by adding a little chicken bouillon. 
The noodles will soak up the broth as it sits.  I always add some more chicken broth to the leftovers.  We love the broth.
If you are watching your fat intake, I would recommend making this a day ahead and putting it into the fridge.  The grease from the chicken will go to the top and harden and can be removed.


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Is Chicken Soup Good For Colds?

Old wives’ tale? Popular myth? Medieval medicine? The notion that chicken soup is great for the flu and cold season goes way back. So far back I bet my mom’s mom’s mother’s grandmother was using it to soothe the common cold. 


Well, even though it is not a cure for the common cold, there are many qualities making chicken soup great for easing flu season symptoms. The warm broth, the vitamins from the vegetables, the protein from the chicken, and all the herbs and spices and salt all help fight cold symptoms. 




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The Ways Chicken Noodle Soup Is Good For Colds


Most importantly, the soup can break up congestion. The broth promotes mucus flow… gross, but it helps get it out of your lungs. (Which is even grosser if you think about it).

The herbs and vegetables help fight infection. The salt can help soothe a sore throat. So, pretty much every ingredient in the soup is working to make you feel better.

 You may still be sick, yes, but wouldn’t you prefer to feel decent if you have to suffer being sick in the first place?


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Variations On Chicken Noodle Soup

One of the great things about homemade chicken noodle soup is you can take it so many different directions. It is like a canvas to a painter. You can create off of it endlessly.

I have a few other recipes that are variations on chicken soup, all special in their very own way.  What kind of a friend (or Mother) would I be if I didn’t share them ALL?

An Affair from the Heart Chicken Soup Recipes

  • Italian Chicken Noodle Soup – An Italian twist on one of my most favorite comfort foods with thick egg noodles, Italian spiced chicken broth, lean chicken, tomatoes and fresh basil.  Sure to be a new family favorite! (pictured above)
  • Creamy Chicken Parmesan Soup – Creamy Chicken Parmesan Soup is loaded with Italian flavors and pasta.  Prepared slowly in your crockpot or on your stovetop in about 30 minutes.
  • Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup – A twist on the classic, this Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup is made by adding a little red pepper, some ginger and a little heavy cream, top it with fresh cilantro when serving.  Perfect for what ails you!
  • Chicken Noodle Soup with Sauerkraut – Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup,  just like grandma always said, can help with colds, but how about adding a true superfood like sauerkraut? You get tons of nutritional value and healing powers that will boggle your mind!
  • Chicken, Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup – This Chicken, Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup is loaded with flavor.  Pour yourself a big bowl and enjoy each and every bite!
  • Polish Sauerkraut Soup (Kapusniak) – Kapusniak holds a very special place in my heart. My Polish heritage pours love and tradition into making this Polish Sauerkraut Soup with a chicken base, Polish sausage, potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, and sauerkraut.



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Using Homemade Egg Noodles In Chicken Noodle Soup

Now if you are going to go homemade and really do it authentically, then why not make your own egg noodles for your chicken noodle soup, right? Using homemade egg noodles really takes the soup to another whole level. 

Making homemade egg noodles is super easy and doesn’t take but a few minutes. Kneading the dough is fun and it isn’t like making bread and waiting for the dough to rise. Noodles come together in minutes and they cook so quickly, you will be surprised. 

Here is my recipe for Homemade Egg Noodles… well, actually it is borrowed from my Mom and Better Homes & Gardens, but it’s the one I grew up with. 



Let’s make some soup!! I’m starving — and I need comforting! 😉  M.



close up of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup in a white bowl
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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, from scratch, just like Mom used to make.  Rich flavorful chicken stock, chock-full of sliced carrots, celery, and chopped onion, engulf tender pieces of chicken and homemade egg noodles.  Comfort food at it's finest!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 medium-sized onion chopped
  • 5 stalks celery diced
  • 5 carrots sliced
  • 1- 32 oz chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons chicken bouillon optional
  • salt and pepper
  • water
  • Egg Noodles frozen or Homemade Egg Noodles


  • Place chicken, whole, into your soup pot. Add veggies. I cut my onion up fairly large, and do the same for my celery and carrots. We love our veggies over here!
  • I put A LOT of celery in my soup, because I love it! If I had to guess, I would say use about 5-6 stalks. When I am in a rush I buy the carrot chips and just give them a quick chop. I use the whole bag. We have a big family though, and usually we eat it, I put some in the fridge and then have some for the freezer to pull out in a pinch.
  • Salt and pepper generously.
  • Add chicken broth, bouillon (if needed), salt and pepper generously, and fill with water to cover the ingredients, adding about 2-3 more inches above them. Cover and cook until chicken is done.
  • Depending on the size of your chicken, I find it’s done in about an hour or a little more.
  • Remove chicken and de-bone, remove skin and dice up meat.
  • Return to pot.
  •  While your soup is cooking, boil the egg noodles until they are done, and drain and rinse them.
  • Add the noodles to the soup, and serve. I like to top mine with parsley.


You may not need to add bouillion. Taste after it cooks to see if the chicken did the job.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 958mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g

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  1. I can see why your kids request it. It looks marvelous. I really like that you use the wide egg noodles too.

  2. Oh my gosh this looks incredible! I can’t wait to make it, I know we are going to love it!! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Made this soup with the homemade egg nooodles and it was just like my Mom used to make, too! Thanks for sharing. I’ve been trying to find the perfect egg noodle recipe for years (mom passed away and never wrote hers down) and this is the closest I’ve found 🙂

  4. Perfect for this time of the year, great for any time. Delicious photos that make me want to run to the kitchen! 🙂

  5. This recipe is perfect for the cold weather and chilly nights. Great flavors and textures in one pot. I love keeping a container in the freezer for busy nights or sick days.

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